DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
POSITION SCOPE: Provide support, health education, patient follow-up and care coordination in coordination with medical providers and partner community organizations.
PROBLEM SOLVING: Identifies and determines solutions to routine problems, following established standards and procedures. Confronts and resolves problematic issues that may arise.
KNOWLEDGE: Have knowledge and experience working with a criminal justice population, including knowledge of the state and local correctional systems. Must possess the ability to work with participants, providing health education, identifying support needs and teaching participants how to navigate within the health care system. Have knowledge of opioid use disorder, infectious diseases, and sexually transmitted diseases, HIV prevention and general health information.
CONTACTS: Liaison with the Bronx Transition Clinic medical staff, correctional facility staff, and community partners.
SUPERVISION: The CHW will report directly to the principal investigator for the study.
Education: Minimum of a High school diploma or GED. Must be knowledgeable in opioid use disorder, HIV/HCV transmission and prevention, HIV medications and treatment.
Experience: Must have lived experience of criminal justice involvement plus two to four years of directly related work experience in a social service agency. Experience working with formerly incarcerated population preferred. Health education experience strongly preferred.
Related Skills or Knowledge: Excellent written and verbal communication. Excellent assessment and problem-solving skills are necessary. Basic computer literacy is necessary for data entry. Bi-lingual (Spanish) candidates preferred.
Other requirements: Must meet approval for Volunteer status clearance for New York City and State correctional facilities.
WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The work environment described here is representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, stoop, use hands or fingers, or feel objects, tools or controls, reach with hands and arms, climb stairs, balance, kneel, talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10-15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision and distance vision. Must be able to travel locally using public transportation.
The employee must be able to enter and work at prisons and jail and must be able to obtain prison/jail clearance for entry.
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PRIMARY FUNCTION/PURPOSE: The Linkage to Care Specialist will facilitate access to medical services to formerly incarcerated individuals. For this study, the “Linkage to Care Specialist” will act as a liaison between study participants, the correctional facility, criminal justice agencies, and medical staff at assigned medical clinics. The Linkage to Care Specialist will work independently in providing linkage, education, and care coordination for study participants, but will also work with a team of health care providers at the Bronx Transitions Clinic. The Linkage to Care Specialist will address the medical needs of reentry for participants who have had conflict with the law with the aim of improving health and social outcomes, preventing opioid overdose and reducing recidivism.